April Meeting of the USS Narragansett

The meeting was called to order at 1515 at the EWG JSHS Library with Fleet Captain Knotts presiding.

He brought us up to speed on the happenings in SFI R15. The Regional Coordinator has resigned effective June 1st and nominations are open. So far the captain is aware of 3 people who have announced their candidacy, himself included. He is hopeful that the Region will consider our success and listen to his platform rather than the RC election becoming a popularity contest.

S3C is continuing to work on improving communication and reporting as well as developing their Academy.

Lieutenant Bender announced a contest to name the USS Narragansett newsletter. Please provide your entries within the next two weeks. There will be a prize for the successful entry.

Commander Taylor explained that there is a New Members Guide to the USS Narragansett and an associated Questionnaire and Exam on our website. All members are requested to complete the exam before the next meeting.

Captain Anzaldi told us about a new simulation tool he would like us to investigate. He will post a link later today.

A general discussion was had around upcoming events. Our next meeting will be held at the Fleet Captain’s quarters on May 26th, where we will complete the assembly of the Delta Shields and then have an away mission to recruit at the Gaspee Days Arts and Crafts festival.

We are also planning an away mission to the Air Show on June 9th.

Lieutenant Dreyfuss mentioned that the Foxwoods ComiCONN is June 30-July 1st. Altered Reality is looking for volunteers, and the Narragansett will also have a table at the show that will need to be staffed as well.

Chief Chapasko is also looking into the possibility of an away mission to do laser tag to prepare for upcoming missions.

March Meeting of the USS Narragansett

The meeting was held at the Exeter-West Greenwich High School Library. This was one of the largest turnouts we’ve seen for a meeting and we were excited to see some new members join us for the first time.

Commander Taylor brought the meeting to order at 1515. Captain Anzaldi introduced Fleet Captain Knotts who presided over the meeting. Captain Knotts brought us up to speed as to the latest happenings on the Fleet level. He mentioned the the USS Narragansett is setting the standard for other ships to meet.

A new mission was announced for this month. It is a diplomatic mission and details will be released soon. Stay tuned to the Narragansett Crew group on Facebook for details.

Crewmen Clauson and Feldman were promoted to Ensign. Crewman DeMello was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade and assigned as the Ship’s Counselor. Lieutenant Griffin was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and officially appointed as Chief Tactical Officer.

Commendations were presented to many members who participated in the Archaeology Fleet One mission.

Plans for the newsletter were announced. Photos were taken of all of the members present at the meeting as well as a group picture. A good time was had by all.

Official USS Narragansett Combadge

*****Attention All Crew*****
The Official USS Narragansett Combadge, The Renegades Combadge with the anchor affixed to it, is available for purchase. This Combadge comes in a kit form and will be painted and assembled at subsequent chapter meetings after the kits are received.

The total price is $20 if we order together as a group. Money for the Combadge kit will be collected over the next 2 months. It is STRONGLY encouraged that EVERY crew member take part in this, if you already have a Renegades Combadge the anchor device will be added during the construction phase.

Direct any questions concerning this to your Section Chief.

February 2018 Meeting of the USS Narragansett

The February meeting of the USS Narragansett was held at the EWG Jr/Sr High Library. There were many members in attendance. CAPT Anzaldi brought the meeting to order at 1510 with FCPT Knotts presiding.

FCPT Knotts brought us up to speed on the happenings in Sol Sector Command, letting us know that the 4th Fleet currently has 7 chapters and is the largest fleet in Sol Sector Command. The USS Narragansett is being noticed throughout the sector. Captain Knotts also mentioned the opening for the position of Chief Engineer.  Any crew member interested in applying should contact CMDR J. Taylor.

CAPT Anzaldi gave us our mission overview for the month. This mission will be the largest and most complex mission that this ship has undertaken. It is a multiple point mission which will require all the departments to not only work individually, but also together to complete the overall mission goal. It promises to be a very interesting mission and all members of the crew are encouraged to participate as fully as possible. The mission briefing will be provided over secure comms as the details are classified.

FCAPT Knotts announced a plan for all the members of the ship to obtain official USS Narragansett Comm Badges.  The Official Narragansett Combadge, The Renegades Combadge with the anchor affixed to it, is available for purchase. This Combadge comes in kit form and will be painted and assembled at subsequent chapter meetings after the kits are received.

The total cost for the kit is $24.00 including shipping. When we get an accurate count of the number of badges being ordered a bulk price MAY be available. Money for the Combadge kit will be collected over the next 2 months. It is STRONGLY encouraged that EVERY crew member take part in this, if you already have a Renegades Combadge the anchor device will be added during the construction phase. Direct any questions concerning this to your Section Chief.

CMDR J. Taylor announced that at the recommendation of Communications Chief LT Dreyfus, CRMN Feldman has been placed in charge of creating a quarterly newsletter for the USS Narragansett.

Dues were collected from the members in attendance and the meeting was adjourned at 16:15.

January Meeting of the USS Narragansett

The January meeting of the USS Narragansett was held on Saturday, January 13th at 1400. There were many members in attendance. Fleet Captain J. Knotts brought the meeting to order and welcomed everyone to the meeting.

Captain J. Anzaldi brought us up to speed on the ship’s location (New Providence) and our course in hostile territory checking on Federation outposts over the next 4 months.

FCPT Knotts announced that there had been several promotions over the past few weeks. Cadet Master Chief Petty Officer D. Knotts was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer 5 and assigned to lead the MACO team in light of CWO5 Chapasko’s leave of absence. Cadet Master Chief Petty Officer was promoted to Cadet Chief Warrant Officer 4 and assigned to be 2IC of the MACO unit.

FCAPT Knotts announced the following well deserved promotions of Members in attendance:

LTCDR -> Commander J. Taylor – Command gap promotion
LTCDR -> Commander D. Taylor – Earned Merit and Honored Service
LT -> Lieutenant Commander C. Brunelle – Earned Merit and Honored Service

CAPT Anzaldi announced the following well deserved promotions of Members not in attendance:

CRM -> Crewman 1st Class R. Lefebvre РTime in grade
CRM -> Crewman 1st Class S. Moulton – Time in grade
CRM -> Crewman 1st Class A. Harter – Time in grade
CRM -> Crewman 1st Class J. Franks – Time in grade
CAD4 -> Cadet Ensign S. Stogner – Time in grade and Notable Service
CAD-> Cadet 1st Class A. Guertin – Academic Achievement and Notable Service

All promotions come with the blessing, “May the great bird of the galaxy have mercy on your soul.”

FCPT Knotts discussed his new role as Commander of the 4th Fleet, Zone 1 (which covers the entire Eastern Time Zone) of Starfleet, Sol Sector Command which makes the USS Narragansett his flagship. The USS Narragansett is currently associated with two parent organizations. We will continue under the charter of both organizations and enjoy the benefits that both have to offer. STARFLEET has several offerings that we enjoy for a low annual membership fee, and Starfleet, Sol Sector Command is building their own programs as well with no membership dues at all. We will continue to actively participate in both organizations until such time that the membership of the chapter chooses to do otherwise.

FCPT Knotts also discussed the Chain of Command. All crew members are assigned to Departments and those departments have department heads who are there for you to ask questions of, seek advice from, and coordinate your ship activities with. While it is fine to engage the senior officers in pleasant conversation, it is not appropriate to bypass your department head and ask questions of the senior officers that should be handled by your department head. If your issue can’t be resolved by your department head, it will be forwarded up the chain of command. If you have a problem with your department head, CMDR J. Taylor or CAPT Anzaldi would be the appropriate ones to reach out to.

CMDR Taylor stated that all crew members should have received an email from him. If they have not, they should reach out to him directly to determine if there is a problem with the email address he has on file.

FCAPT Knotts is putting together a list of recommendations where uniforms and accessories can be obtained. CMDR Taylor will list them on the website in the near future.

 

 

October 2017 Meeting of the USS Narragansett

The crew of the USS Narragansett met at headquarters on October 14th at 1300 local time, Captain Knotts presiding. The Captain gave a status of the Region report, mentioning that he has presented the other regional chapters the opportunity to have a space at RI ComicCon on November 10-12th in Providence. The RC is also proposing a Christmas Party.

Captain Knotts reported our current SFI crew strength at 37 members (plus 2 local members).

Ensign Chapasko reported on the upcoming Trunk-or-Treat event at CCRI on October 29th. Crew are to report at 1630 preferably in uniform.

Commander Anzaldi reported that he will be checking in with the booth during his breaks at ComicCon. He announced some decisions around rank pips, namely that Officers will use TNG era rank pips, enlisted will use Navy rank insignia, and cadets will use Coast Guard rank insignia.

Commander Anzaldi reported that the USS Narragansett is currently docked at Deep Space 9. We will be embarking on a mission to explore 4 non-federation planets and traveling at high warp (with some grumbling for the Chief Engineer) in order for the ship to arrive at Earth on Christmas Eve. On New Years Day we will be embarking on a joint mission of exploration with the Klingons.

Commander Anzaldi also tasked Lieutenant Commander J. Taylor with an overhaul of the ships computer. Taylor reported that the overhaul would be complete in short order.

Commander Anzaldi tasked Lieutenant Commander D. Taylor with compiling a report comparing the tribble we have in “stasis” with Dr. Bashir’s findings on the tribbles DS9 encountered.

Promotions since last meeting:
CMDR J. Anzaldi (Named official XO)
LTCDR J. Taylor
LTCDR D. Taylor
LT C. Brunelle
LT M. Anzaldi
LT E. Dreyfuss
LT J. Griffin
ENS M. Chapasko
ENS I. Gordon
ENS K. Scanlon
C-MCPO K. Anzaldi
C-MCPO D. Knotts

After the meeting the crew carved pumpkins. A good time was had by all.

Region 15 Summit 2017

The crew of the USS Narragansett made a good showing at the Region 15 Summit on September 23rd in North Easton, Mass. Captain Knotts gave a rousing speech about recruitment, encouraged everyone to try our methods and offered the assistance of the USS Narragansett in recruitment efforts.

The meeting was followed by a vey cool Star Trek and Sci-Fi auction where items that members donated to the region were auctioned to the highest bidder. A good time was had by all!

September: Let’s Go to the Movies

Many members of the USS Narragansett went to see Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 35th Anniversary. A group of members went to the 7pm showing at the Providence Place Cinemas on September 10th. Captain Knotts, First Officer Anzaldi, and Security Chief Anzaldi were in full uniform representing our ship as only they can.

August Meeting of the USS Narragansett

This month’s meeting of the USS Narragansett was graciously hosted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Brunelle. The meeting began with Captain Knotts congratulating the members of the chapter on their hard work. The Captain reported that the USS Narragansett is leading the Region in recruitment and that our participation in Starfleet Academy is the biggest surge the Academy has seen in months. The Captain also explained the how our chapter works to the new and potential members who were in attendance.

Next month’s meeting will be a senior staff meeting because the Captain would like to see us send a large delegation to the Regional Conference in lieu of a large chapter meeting. Signups to attend the Regional Conference are available on the crew page.

A discussion was had around supporting members who live in other regions. After much time invested we were unable to setup a virtual link for a distant member for this meeting. As we are a meeting chapter, it was unanimously decided that rather than attempting to support virtual attendance of our meetings on a regular basis, it would be better to recommend that members who are not located in our region participate in a correspondence chapter or choose a chapter in their local area.

Lieutenant Commander Anzaldi recognized the members of the crew who have been promoted over the last month and discussed department head’s responsibilities.

Lieutenant Commander Anzaldi asked that Department Heads provide assignments to their crew members. Department heads are also responsible for providing fortnightly reports. He also reminded everyone that there are still Department Head positions available and that Department Heads earn a promotion once they complete the requirements for their position. Further promotions will happen according to the promotion schedule.

The topic of membership dues was raised to help defray the costs of running our website, our annual STARFLEET chapter fee, and other incidentals that come with running the chapter. After some discussion it was agreed that dues would be appropriate. A unanimous vote resulted in the amount for dues being set at $2 per month for all members except Jr. Cadets starting in September. We will revisit the amount of the dues as necessary.

The floor was opened to Department Heads. Lieutenant J. Taylor reminded everyone that department heads get email aliases for our domain name and asked everyone to provide bios for the website. He also asked that crew members who attend away missions provide photos and a report for the website. Lieutenant Junior Grade Gonzales said that he would setup a time to take professional headshots of members for use on the website. Lieutenant Junior Grade Dreyfus took candid photos of the meeting.

Happy Birthday to the USS Narragansett

The USS Narragansett NCC-75017 celebrated it’s 1st year of full service after it’s shakedown cruise on Stardate 201707.15 with a business meeting followed by a cookout. A good time was had by all, and the new members were memorized by the Captain’s extensive collection of memorabilia.

During the meeting, Captain Knotts introduced several new members to the ship and gave us a rundown of what has been happening with the ship. First Officer Acting Lieutenant Anzaldi went over the rank structure and how new ranks are attained, with a heavy emphasis on STARFLEET Academy (SFA). Members were advised that Officer Training School (OTS) is the minimum necessary class needed to attain higher ranks but that additional classes and participation in ship events will lead to promotions. Several members were recognized for completing classes in SFA.

The Captain and XO shared their vision of what the ship stands for, promoting the dream of Gene Roddenbery and exploring through learning new things and through experiencing new things. To that end, the Captain recommended that anyone with an idea for an away mission should provide a written proposal to be considered outlining the mission and what we would gain from experiencing it as a group. Captain Knotts shared that he wanted to go beyond just seeing a movie together as a group and dining together (which we still should do, but he would like us to do more). He would like to see us visit places nearby and explore and learn together.

It was discussed that there were several opening for Department Heads and that anyone that felt that they were qualified for the position should apply. It was pointed out that SFA has certifications for department head positions and that those would be a good way to show command that you are qualified and ready to take on the responsibility.

The Captain requested that we all take part in the online poll to select the preferred date for our meetings.

After the meeting was concluded we all enjoyed some great food prepared by our Chief of Communications, The Captain and our First Officer.